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|Connor Shaw was having an efficient season for South Carolina, throwing 11 TDs to just one interception.|
South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw, who suffered a knee sprain against Tennessee on Saturday, is doubtful to play next week when the Gamecocks play at SEC East-leading Missouri.
According to gogamecocks.com, sophomore Dylan Thompson will start against the Tigers. Thompson is among the SEC's most promising young backups at the quarterback position.
"Injury-wise, Connor Shaw is actually walking around a little bit," said South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier. "No surgery or anything. I'm not sure what his status will be later in the week."
Shaw, a senior, is oft-injured with a rugged running style that moves the Gamecocks offense but also takes a significant toll on him physically. He has passed for 1,307 yards and rushed for another 397 for South Carolina this season, with 11 touchdown passes to just one interception. Thompson, who has gained plenty of experience subbing in when Shaw is hurt, has completed 29 of 51 passes on the year for 421 yards.
Shaw is considered a borderline NFL draft prospect.
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